|Father Richard Baker|
The Rev. Richard Baker walked into Lillie’s Times Square one day last week with a bone to pick. A drag queen named Epiphany and an event planner named Michael Fratz had planned to host a Sunday brunch drag performance at the Manhattan restaurant, which happened to be next door to his church, St. Malachy's. Holding a flyer for the show in his hand, the reverend told the manager of Lillie's he didn't think it appropriate to have a drag show next door to his Sunday Mass. The owners of Lillie's, both Irish and raised Roman Catholic, decided to move the event to a different venue.
Fratz and Epiphany weren't satisfied with this solution, and began planning a protest march to the steps of the church. "It's just so outrageous that he would drum up controversy about our teeny tiny drag show," Fratz said.
But in the end, Fratz, Epiphany and Baker were able to easily resolve their differences, with the help of New York City Council Speaker, Christine Quinn, who organized a conference call to talk the whole thing out.
After the meeting, Baker said he now has no problem with the drag show brunch. "Its a very innocent show," he said. "I understand that now. We were able to talk, and it was awesome."
The protest, meanwhile, has been cancelled.
And if two New York drama queens can't get along then who on earth can, darlings?
Full story (well worth reading) at THE HUFFINGTON POST.